Maryland HB1203 would prevent insurance companies from discriminating against breeds

A bill has been proposed in the Maryland House that would prohibit insurance companies from refusing to issue or renew a policy of homeowner’s or renter’s insurance based solely on the applicant or insured’s dog, regardless of the breed of dog; and prohibiting a policy or homeowners’s or renter’s insurance that provides liability coverage from excluding certain coverage arising out of contact with a dog under certain circumstances.

HB1203, proposed by Delegates Kramer and Simmons, is currently in the Economic Matters Committee, and a hearing is scheduled for February 28, 2013 at 1:00 p.m.

This is the House companion bill to SB296, which we must continue to support.

Please contact the members of the Economic Matters Committee and encourage them to pass this bill in order to prevent insurance companies from discriminating against dog owners, an action that creates undue hardship on responsible dog owners.

Economic Matters Committee:
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Please also contact your respective legislator for your district and ask them to support the bill, as well. If you don’t know who represents your district, please go to the legislative website and click on the link in the upper right-hand corner that says “Who Represents Me?”

You can follow the progress of the HB1203

Its very important that we  continue to support SB296.  Contact information can be found at the below link:


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